About Sweet Comfort:
Series: Clean Comfort
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 11, 2015)
Sweet Comfort is a dessert cookbook by self-described ‘Recovering American,’ Stacey Morris, a journalist and wellness blogger who has been maintaining a 180-pound weight loss for more than six years. Her life changed when she discovered the benefits of eating gluten-free, cow-dairy-free, and low-sugar. One thing that hasn’t changed is her love of food. Now she loves it in a healthy way and shares her secrets for eating clean, yet delicious, with readers.
An Adventure in Food, Courage, and Healing
How I Found Peace, Balance, and My Perfect Weight
By Stacey Morris
About Clean Comfort:
Paperback: 116 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 6, 2014)
Part cookbook, part memoir, Clean Comfort tells the story of my rocky relationship with food, how the dieting hamster wheel ballooned my weight to 345 pounds, and how I ultimately made my way back to balance and sanity—while loving food. It was when I finally made peace with myself, healed my inner wounds, and accepted that I was a dyed-in-the-wool food lover, that I was finally able to release myself from the dieting–gluttony cycle and develop a non-adversarial relationship with food.
The first part of the book is a memoir that recounts my early years surviving bullying at school and low self-esteem; and how I used food as a salve to distract from unpleasant emotions such as sadness and anger. When I topped out at my highest weight at the age of 44, it was, ironically, a former professional wrestler—Diamond Dallas Page—who ultimately provided this Ivy-League-educated writer with her ticket to salvation.
The second part contains nearly 100 recipes that are “clean,” meaning gluten- and dairy-free. When I eliminated gluten and cow dairy, it upped my energy levels significantly, and the weight began coming off without struggle. I love comfort food and always will, so I developed wonderful recipes that pay homage to the genre, minus the traditional ingredients such as wheat, heavy cream, gobs of cheese, etc. Now I enjoy things like Quinoa Chocolate Cake, Cherry Cobbler, New England Clam Chowder, and Buffalo Shrimp—without stomach bloat, weight gain, or feeling like a zombie afterwards.
This book represents a roadmap to success that I hope others can follow: a way to eat and live in a profoundly healthy manner—and still enjoy the pleasures of eating good food!
On the surface, this book appears to be a bell-ringing weight-loss success story. That’s only a fraction of the story. “The Untended Soul” is a collection of essays Stacey Morris wrote for newspapers, magazines, and her own blog that reflect the past decade of her life as it relates to the the inner, and eventually outer transformation that occurred. Her road of life was one packed with lessons. Growing up in the 70’s, everyone from family to strangers took an interest in Stacey’s weight the way the residents of Salem took an interest in the 1692 witch trials. It’s fair to say she was treated like a heretic for not looking more like Marcia Brady. So, she spent far too many years trying to ‘fix’ what was wrong with her, “using solutions about as effective as polishing the brass railings on the Titanic as it sank. “It was my soul, not my appearance that needed attention,” she recalls. Now in her 50’s and with the myths from her formative years thoroughly debunked, Stacey has learned a thing or two about soul-tending: how to ease into it when it feels strange, how to get good at it, and how to sustain the relationship for life. But it all began decades ago when the author finally admitted she was worn out by the process of losing and regaining weight. Aching with discouragement, and vowing to never diet again, Stacey was ready to begin her quest for the real solution to the problem.